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avigator ews N N Vol. 10; Issue 7
Low cost LLC services See page 4
Poetry contest results
See page 8 & 9
Cubs vs. Cardinals See page 10
LLC welcomes a new softball coach See page 14
FRONT: Kayla Henry. BACK LEFT to RIGHT: Tiffany Berglund, Jasmine Peters, Samantha Smith, Marlana Dyer.
01 - Navigator News on stands 02 - Baseball at LLC at 12 p.m. Softball at Harrisburg, IL at 12 p.m. 05 - Baseball at Olney at 1 p.m. Softball at LLC at 2 p.m. 06 - Health Fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Field House 07 - Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by SGA 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in WH081 – Baseball at LLC at 1:30 p.m. Softball at LLC at 2 p.m. 09 - Baseball at Centralia, IL 12 p.m. Softball at LLC at 12 p.m. 10 - Softball at Peoria, IL TBA 12 - Baseball at Harrisburg, IL at 1:30 p.m. Softball at Belleville, IL 2 p.m. 13 - Distracted Driving with Sergeant William Emery, Safety Education Officer for the Illinois State Police at 11 a.m. in the Theater – Baseball at LLC at 5:30 p.m. 14 - Baseball at LLC at 1:30 p.m. Softball at Mt. Carmel, IL at 2 p.m. 16 - Baseball at Mt. Carmel, IL at 12 p.m. Softball at LLC at 12 p.m. 18-22 - Spring Break – No Day or Evening Classes, College offices open April 18-20. 18 - Softball at LLC at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 19 - Baseball at LLC at 1:30 p.m. 21 - Baseball at LLC at 1:30 p.m. 22 - Softball at Ina, IL 12 p.m. 23 - Baseball at Robinson, IL at 12 p.m. 28 - Baseball at LLC at 1:30 p.m. 30 - Baseball at Belleville, IL at 12 p.m.
LLC Annual Health Fair
April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Field House Free healthy snacks - Giveaways including t-shirts, gift cards, gift baskets, & gift certificates Vendors: Addus Healthcare, Air Evac, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Autism Program Central East Alcoholism & Drug Council, Charleston Rehab & Healthcare Center, Coles County Community Health Center, Coles County Health Department, Community Blood Services of Illinois, Crisis Pregnancy Center, Cumberland Associates, Department of Health Education EIU, East Central IL Breast & Cervical Cancer Program, Effingham Health Center, Candoffi Chiropractic, Health Alliance, HOPE of East Central Illinois, Illinois State Police, Lake Land College B-GLADD Club, Lake Land College Cosmetology, Lake Land College Health Services, Lake Land College Students Creating Change, Lutherans for Life, Mary Kay Cosmetics, New Vision, Pavilion, Sexual Assault Counseling & Information Service, Mattoon Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Mid-IL Big Brothers Big Sisters, U of I Extension, Soyland Access to Independent Living (SAIL), & Villas of Holly Brook of Shelbyville.
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Always under construction Update on Lake Land facilities By Megan E. Hammond Campus & Features Editor Construction is not a rare thing around LLC, as it always seems something is being repaired. The administration had to face the fact in the last several years that our beloved school is getting old, and in desperate need of renovations. The Learning Resource Center was the latest building to receive a revamp, but it certainly will not be the last. When the center was renovated this year, the final touches on the geothermal heating system were applied. The new heating sys-
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tem has helped LLC save over $300,000 in energy costs. More plans for the heating system include building additional well fields near the front of the campus. There are plans for more wells, as the college needs them, for situations like expanding the campus. Vice President for Business Services Ray Rieck, sounding relieved, said, “We are not going to rip apart a building this year.” However, the college’s sustainability program includes not only the geothermal heating system, but also using wind turbines to help lower en-
Here’s a question that matters: “What bugs you about Lake Land College?” Late last fall, Lake Land College unveiled an innovative new program called the “Bug List.” The goal of the program was to spark innovation and enhance the LLC experience for students. The Bug List Web site asked participants rticipants to share their “bugs,” ugs,” or issues about the e college, as well as possible le solutions. Some bugs were easily “exterminated,” ,” while others could be long term projects. While the Bug List Web site is closed, college officials hope to make it a permanent feature in the fall. This way, said college President Scott Lensink, when someone has a bug, that person can go directly to the site and quickly report the issue. “We may not be able to fix everything, but we will seriously look at your bugs and search for innovative solutions and ideas,” Lensink said. Lensink shared some examples of bugs reported and exterminated, or addressed through the bug list. Summary of Bug: There is nowhere quiet to study or do homework Vice President for Academic Services James Hull: The Learning Resource Center renovation took this need into account. At the request ergy costs. LLC has been given the go-ahead to build the first two of four new, bigger, er, and better wind turbines to add d to the two small ones installed stalled near the West est building, and d actually power one room within that building.. When all four of the turbines are commpleted, they will ill have the capacity city to power 10 percent of the entire campus; pus; that is a lot of savings for our college. But, renovations for buildings are not over. The year 2012 is planned for renovation of Webb Hall.
of students, LLC made sure the new LRC included quiet study rooms. The Student Government Association is working to inform students of all that is available to them on the second floor of the LRC. Summary of Bug: There needs to be some form of public transportation between the Kluthe Center and other locations, to the Main Campus. Vice P President for Student Serv vices Tina Stovall: During fall semester, we distribu distributed a docustudents identifying ment to studen transportation available in We also posted Coles County. W needs survey for a transportation nee Rides Mass Transit on our Web site to identify student interest in public transportation. That survey is located at www.lakelandcollege.edu/ current Summary of Bug: It takes too much for Financial Aid to process paperwork Vice President for Student Services Tina Stovall: To improve services to students, the Financial Aid Office has implemented several initiatives this year, including FAFSA Fridays where students can attend group sessions to receive assistance in completing financial aid applications; IRIS access to financial aid award information that identifies documents a student might be missing, and allows the student to print the forms online. (continued on page 4)
The following year Northwest will get its turn to go under the knife. Vo-Tech is also in tthe works to be renovated and finished. When asked about t h e ru rumor that LLC might be getting m another hall, Rieck ano sighed, and smiling sadly, s replied, “That’s out there, but it’s been on hold since 2002.” si Hopefully, the plans Hopefu for the new hall come to fruition in the future. Lake Land is always changing for the better. The renovations and sustainability changes will put LLC on the map as a green campus.
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Fighting tooth and nail to save money LLC’s low cost services By Megan E. Hammond Campus & Features Editor
the students practicing their techniques on you are supervised by their teachers. They are careful in remembering each step in the process of doing whatever service you choose. The Dental Hygiene program at LLC also offers students benefits one cannot afford to pass up. Dental health is important, but few college students can afford dental care without assistance. The dental hygiene students are happy to help. They offer teeth cleaning, impressions, x-rays and check-ups, of course. Just those basic services can save hundreds of dollars in dental costs every year.
With the economy still so tight and gas prices so high, why not stop into the cosmetology, or dental hygiene departments at LLC? With a high flow of clients, the students in those departments get as much practice as possible, which helps them in the future with their careers. So, if it fits into your schedule, getting your hair done or teeth cleaned at Lake Land is beneficial to your health, your beauty and your wallet.
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Americans spend billions of dollars on beauty products a year, including make-up, hair care, dental treatments, and plastic surgery. As college students, we are no novices to the allures of the beauty industry. Girls have been wearing make-up since middle school, and guys finally figured out which way they like their hair parted. We are completely obsessed about our ap-
pearance, and that can definitely be a problem when it comes to our wallets. However, Lake Land students have it all on campus. LLC’s Cosmetology program is the hot place to get your hair styled, with top-of-theline products; get your nails done for less than half the price of regular salons; and even get a facial with a hand and arm massage to relieve stress. While you have got to be prepared to be there a while, depending on what you are having done, it is definitely worth it for great service performed by fellow LLC students; and a price just right for a college student’s pocketbook. Never fear,
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Kassie Darnold inserts a mouthpiece into Chandra Melton’s mouth for x-rays
Bug list (continued from page 3) The Financial Aid staff has provided training sessions for other Student Services Staff, so that all can help students understand the process of applying for financial aid and checking their status through IRIS. The Student Services Leadership Team is working to develop educational models to help students develop plans on how to pay for college. Summary of Bug: There needs to be more classes offered at Kluthe Vice President for Academic Services James Hull: LLC has an established Kluthe Center Advisory Board that is constantly looking at the needs of Kluthe students and trying to offer the most feasible mix of classes possible. These are only a few of the many bugs exterminated from the Bug List. Information about the Bug List will be disseminated to students when it is again available.
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Need a ride? You have options! By Mark W. Jensen News & Opinion Editor
“If those gas prices and that long drive is getting you down, donʼt fret, there are other options!”
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With rising fuel costs, long driving distances and many students without a vehicle, finding a way to get to LLC can be a challenge. Rides Mass Transit, a well-known provider of public transportation in Southern Illinois, recently expanded its bus routes to include the Mattoon, Charleston, Effingham and Toledo/ Greenup areas. Rides Mass Transit offers riders a full first month free to and from
LLC. A fee of $50 is applied for monthly services s after the first free month. “Rides” operates between etween the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and nd will pick up p riders at any nearby dispatch center location. For more infor mation on Rides Mass Transit, feel free to call toll free at 1-866-389-7536, or visit its website at www.ridesmtd.com. Rides Mass Transit is not the only option available for students looking for public transportation to and from LLC. Dial-A-Ride, which also offers transportation to students living in Mattoon or Charleston, is available at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., as well as noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dial-A-Ride offers rides for $4 each way. Rides must be
scheduled at least a day in advance. For more information, call 217-639-5169. Coles County Shuttle offers rides for students living in Charleston, to and from LLC, daily at 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per ride from Charleston to LLC. Like Dial-A-Ride, students should call ahead for boarding arrangements. To schedule a ride, call 217-276-7223. Another, and more pricey, option available for students in Mattoon is Checker Top Cab. It offers
rides at any time e of the day, to and from LLC, at a pri price i of $10 each way. The number for Checker Top Cab is 217-234-7474. The LLC website also offers the option of “Find a Ride,” which allows students interested in starting a carpool to offer their assistance to other students in the area. For those living in Pana, Paris, or anywhere in between, this is a great option and will make that long drive, to and from LLC, a little bit easier. If those gas prices and that long drive is getting you down, don’t fret, there are other options!
Another Ameren rate hike By Chardonnay Latch Staff Writer
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After recently increasing rates by $44 million per year, Ameren, in Illinois is asking another $111 million a year in new rate hikes. These new rates, if approved, could cost families up to $100, or more, a year
in combined fees for the delivery of natural gas and electricity. The amount of the proposed increase this time is enough that it could cover the cost of roughly 21,000 student’s full-time tuition for two years, or four semesters each. Ameren makes its profit by charging for fuel and power usage,
but also for the delivery of these necessities. The recently proposed hikes are in the process of approval, which will take roughly 11 months to get through the system, meaning any new rates will take effect in early 2012. Ameren leaders said they intend to file smaller rate hikes, as often as every 18 months, in order to avoid “a regulatory lag,” as they called it. That is the period of time between filing to increase rates, and actually seeing the money. The Citizens Utility Board consumer watchdog group, which often confronts Ameren on rate-increase issues, said customers have good reason to be skeptical about whether or not the large scale increase is justified. Ameren pointed out that, under law, it can collect a 10-percent return on its investment, but typically receives 8-8.5 percent instead. Ameren also said it deserves to make more money for the reliable service it provides. Ameren noted that paying more was not something customers would like. “We are sensitive to the
impact that any service delivery rate increase may have on our customers, however, we must have the financial ability to provide a safe and reliable energy delivery system that will accommodate future economic growth and development.” said Craig Nelson, senior vice president of Ameren Illinois. If you want to see the effect the proposed rate increase would have on your bill for a full year, go to IllinoisRateFacts.com to have it estimated, or call 1-800-755-5000.
Just as in the game Monopoly, when you own all of one color, you can keep increasing your rates. Ameren Illinois isnʼt playing games when it says it plans to do just that.
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$10.03 an hour?
State Assembly looks to increase the minimum wage By Mark W. Jensen News & Opinion Editor
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With high unemployment rates and a poor economy, the number of workers in a minimum wage job has greatly increased over the last couple of years. The rate of minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25 an hour, but state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, is hoping to change this. In February, Lightford proposed SB 1565, which would boost Illinois’ minimum wage by 50 cents, effective July 1, and gradually increase over the next several years to $10.03 per hour. Once peaking at $10.03 per hour, the minimum wage would be set to continually adjust for future inflation rates. The proposal would also remove language which states newly hired employees are subject to 50 cents less than the current minimum wage, for their first 90 days on the job.
Proponents of the measure say the minimum wage is not properly adjusting for the rising inflation rates, and does not equate a livable wage for low-income families. Supporters declare in order for the buying power of $8.25 to equal what the original buying power of $1.68 did in 1968, the minimum wage would have to be at least $10.03 per hour. Supporters are pleased with provisions in the bill, which mandates agricultural and domestic workers, are subject to receiving at least the state minimum wage for their services. Workers’ rights advocates also support the measure because it contains provisions allowing employees to sue businesses that fail to meet minimum wage standards, and allows for workers to collect interest on late payments. While an increase in the minimum wage would mean more money in the pockets of low-income
workers, many Illinois businesses are skeptical about the impacts of the proposal. With the recent tax increases, along with the minimum wage increase proposal, many cashstrapped small businesses are looking to scale back. For many small businesses and job seekers in the area, the proposal could potentially lead to fewer future employment
opportunities, and smaller staffs. Many skeptics also argue the increase would mean minimum wage earners nearing a raise, would be very unlikely to see an increase in pay if the wage increases to $10.03. The proposal failed to pass a committee vote on March 17, but assembly members have until the end of the session in May
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First movies, now printing goes 3-D As futuristic as it may seem, the age of taking plans for a three-dimensional object from your computer and actually printing it, is upon us. It is simply called 3-D printing. The concept of a 3-D printer has been around for decades, however, advances and lower prices has driven it to revolutionary status. With the right program, you can construct a three-dimensional design on your computer - say a chess piece - and send it to the printer. The printer will construct the chess piece, layer by layer, until complete. The printer prints layers that are only fractions of millimeters in order to get the desired shape. The newest printers use an additive approach, as opposed to a subtractive carving away of a material. Injection cylinders, or syringes, are filled
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for a small handndheld item typically ally ranges from one to three hours, urs, but is seven to o 24 hours for larger, r, more intricate designs. s. Lake Land instructor Jenifer Muser discussed ussed this innovation with herr macroeconomics ld revolutionize the class. “This could way business is done” she said. “Is that a good thing? Were computers a good thing? Was the Model T?” Many other economists
predic predict ct this this new advancement to be revolutionary. Being able to mass-produce an object with no labor and little materials, will cut production cost of many
companies, and thus, lower the produ product of our goods. T The possibility of custom tomizing goods is even att attainable now. For exa example, there are websites where people can design their own cell phones, color, style, and look, and uploa upload them to be printed. New inventors can create afforda affordable prototypes easily alte altered if malfunctioning. Enginee Engineers can build planes out of lighter metals (and lower p production cost) that will caus cause less fuel to be consumed. The possibilities are wide spre spread. “3-D Sy Systems launched a new model, cos costing less than $10,000, in May,” re reported “The Economist.” This might seem a little hefty for personal use, us but prices are expected to be the same as current twodimensional printers someday, even as soon as 2015.
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“Don’t wait for an excuse to do well in school!” Student Feature - Brittany Bailey By Delane Young Staff Writer
“Motherhood needs some structure, but in the end, Jude rules the schedule.” Anyone can picture the organization of a classroom, but the fun chaos of a young child is evident by the amount of toys scattered on the floor Bailey with son, Jude during the interview. She literally she found out she was going to be a goes from one extreme to the other mom, Bailey said, “a different mindthroughout the day. set kicked in almost overnight be“It’s nice to be able to transition, cause someone else was going to be but there is no real down time. My affected.” Between giggles and tickle down time from school is Jude, and fights with her son, she explained, vice versa.” However, Bailey isn’t “It was time to take charge. I wish complaining. “I love my life. Jude I had this motivation when I began is my life, and school is my accom- school. Don’t wait for an excuse to plishment to better this life.” When do well in school.”
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Brittany Bailey is not your average student at LLC. Not only is she on campus full time, she is also vice president of the college’s Future Educator’s Association, a part-time teacher’s assistant, and the mother of 17-month-old Jude. An average day for Bailey starts out around 6 a.m. to get ready and “professional looking” before Jude wakes up around 7 a.m. After getting him ready for the babysitter, she heads to Lake Land for a few classes. By noon, she is at Pathways, an alternative education program, where she helps teach until 3 p.m. Finally, now she can go home
and relax, right? Not exactly. Once home, this is her time to do any errands and chores around the house while caring for Jude and keeping him entertained until he goes to bed around 9 p.m. After all this, she has to try and take care of any homework for the next day before she can go to bed. When asked how this busy schedule affects her life, Bailey said, “You learn who your real friends are and that there is more to life than parties. The lack of sleep will pay off later when I’m enjoying the benefits of my hard work now.” The life of being a professional and a student is full of deadlines and rules, while life with a toddler is completely unpredictable.
Rockome Gardens: Preserving a simpler time By Chardonnay Latch Staff Writer
Don’t flip! ATV safety By Brandie Heitkamp Staff Writer
Finally, the weather is breaking and it is getting warmer. This means many of us will be able to pick up our favorite summer habits, like camping, fishing and riding four-wheelers. Now, no one wants to blab about how ATVs are bad and can kill people. Yes, bad accidents can happen that can cause serious damage to both yourself and the four-wheeler. However, there are
season, including a bluegrass festival coming, prospectively, in June. Many changes were made recently, thanks to Steve Maher. He has invested, not just his money, but his time and heart into Rockome. “He has a vision, like, Walt Disney,” said Eric Eray, blacksmith at Rockome. “I’m glad I’m a part of it. He wants things done right, the best they can be, and he makes it happen.” Rockome Gardens is open Monday-Saturday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12; and children 4 and under get in free. If you would like more information, or directions, visit www.rockome.com, or, find it on Facebook as Rockome Gardens Preservation.
ways you can improve your chances of staying safe and still have fun. First of all, don’t go horsing around if you don’t know the land you are on. This can cause you to hit obstacles you may not see, and flip your ATV. Just imagine you are having a great time riding around through a field and, wham! You just hit a dirt mound, or a deep hole in the ground, and flip end over end, throwing you from the vehicle. This particular accident is very common, so make sure to get a good idea of what’s around before you decide to go full speed and risk your life. A second suggestion is to get a good idea of what your particular
it is up to code and everything is in tip-top shape. Most towns have companies that can maintenance your particular four-wheeler and make sure all the parts are still in great working order. This prevents unexpected parts from breaking and causing crashing. No one is saying you can’t have fun this summer, but nobody wants to have an accident. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how careful you are, accidents still happen. So be safe and keep in mind that having fun is important in life, but staying safe while having fun is even more important.
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In 1937, Arthur and Elizabeth Martin dreamed they would have the largest flower garden in Douglas County. Arthur Martin, speaking of the garden he was creating and the reason he did not charge admission, said, “It is merely our donation to your happiness to make us both forget war, strife, jealousy, death and destruction.” Nowadays, owner Steve Maher has a dream of his own. The many buildings on the property, including schoolhouses and shops, are being restored and revamped; all being preserved for the years to come, while keeping the historic value in
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08 - Special Feature
Poems of the people
The Navigator News Poetry Contest results
By Megan E. Hammond Campus & Features Editor The Navigator News isn’t always statistics and facts; we like to get creative too, just like the Lake Land students who participated in the Navigator News poetry contest for National Poetry Month. Students sent in their poems and three were chosen to be published; and the winners should be honored for their creative endeavors and their bravery for allowing us to see into their poetic souls. Each poem was great, but only one could win first prize. Ladies and gentlemen, here are the winners of the Navigator News Poetry Contest!
“A Distant Rider”
Across the desert plain persistent, There rides a horseback rider distant. From south to east or west to north, To where and why he’s riding forth, For me, it doesn’t really matter. Regardless all, he’s coming faster, And soon the dry and deadly clatter, From hoof on dust like dull disaster, Will gently rise from far off mutter To raging storm upon the ground That mows down any living clutter And makes the most repulsive sound. This blurry rider’s drawing near, A bouncing speck so dark it’s queer, Or is it only lonely fear That makes me think he’s riding here? -Nathanael Shook
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Snowflakes dance and twirl, The rain falls to the ground. The wind cries with a mighty voice, And thunder claps its hands. Water runs constantly, never tiring of its pace, The sun sinks into the west, in order to hide its face. Trees stand with lifted arms, praising the creator, Mountains stand, tall and silent, waiting on Your word. The brook seems to babble, as in another tongue, The willow weeps and sheds her tears from the dawn until the dawn. The clouds gather as a congregation, their faith to be known by all, And the ocean itself shows waves of praise, never neglecting its call. -Chardonnay Latch
Third Place “Family Scars”
I am god in living body formed, With bones and flesh my soul adorned. On your back are scars cut deep That send strange dreams whenever you sleep. Our blood runs dark and shines like stars, For these are binding, family scars. I have them too, beneath my skin; They pulse and glow with spidery sin. That is how you’ll know me when I come for you my Earth-born kin. We’ll fly away to the land of Never And live there immortal, young, forever. -Nathanael Shook
10 - Opinion
Seeing Redbird It seems a majority of Cardinals fans lack an important sports ethic – sportsmanship. As any other Cubbie fan does, I proudly wear my jersey year-round. But, before I developed a thicker skin, my Chicago-pride smile disappeared several times a day, as I was heckled by Cardinals fans time and time again. Of course, almost every fan has made a wisecrack about their rivals. Roasting and mistreating is different. I have had to avoid certain people on the days I was wearing my fan gear because they just
couldn’t let it be. I even had a professor who went out of his way more than once to make examples in Statistics about the likelihood of the Cubs winning anything, let alone a World Series. Cubs fan Codaro D. and Cardinals fan Colton H. I was a good I am unable to give you more exsport and attended the Cardi- amples about my plight as a Cubs nal Caravan in January to take fan because it has all blurred topictures. Although they had just gether to defend my sanity. This signed a former Cub, Ryan Theriot, troubles me. the jokes at the expense of the Cubs I was born a Cardinals fan, and were endless. Didn’t they have suc- I certainly was a little die-hard fan, cesses and goals to highlight? but never would I think to spend a Photo by Chardonnay Latch
By Nikki Davidson Photo & Web Editor
higher priced than in many other competitor venues. You caught the bait, and they’ve reeled you in. Another secret to the success of Wal-Mart is the fact the company became one of the first major retailers to begin importing most of its goods from China. During record high profits in the early 1990s, WalMart decided to begin importing most of its goods, due to the lower cost of Chinese production. Wal-Mart decided to undercut the American labor force in the midst of record profits, all in the name of even
more record profits. Many of the very workers, who produced the goods for Wal-Mart, now work in the very store that left them jobless and at a wage much lower than what they made originally. Being universally well known and offering everything in a one-stop shop has also worked very much in favor of the retail giant, but this has come at a significant cost: the death of Main Street. We see it time and time again, Wal-Mart comes to town, Mom & Pop stores can’t make ends meet, and Wal-Mart no longer has competition. Everyone looks at our dying small business community with sadness and despair, whenever they are on their way to shop at Wal-Mart. Next time you need to plan a shopping trip, think carefully about where you take your business.
the stupidity in cartoons. These are two shows claiming to teach children the Spanish language, but the vast majority of the he time they speak English. How do children learn the Spanish language nguage by watching a show, ow, all the time, about trying rying to stop an evil fox? x? Over the pastt few years, “Sesame Street” has changed as well. Bert and Ernie no longer onger live together because se many homophobic people eople refuse to realize the two characters s may actually be e brothers. Sec-ondly, Oscar the e
Grouch is just “Oscar” now; what’s the deal? And what’s the deal with Cookie Monster? He’s become “Veggie Monster. Monster.” Com Come on Sesame Street - reall really? Finally, is it just me, Finall or is 3-D way overrated? Some movrate ies, like Avatar, which depict realwhi characters, are life c but for animated fine, bu films, is it unnecessary? Disney seems to be on a 3-D high with all of its new movies. All we can hope for is the crash happens really soon.
Should you shop at Wal-Mart? By Mark W. Jensen News & Opinion Editor
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We all know that familiar line, “Save money, live better, Wal-Mart.” For many people that mantra seems to ring true. You can do a one-stop shopping trip, buy basically everything you need all at once, and be able to save a little bit of money in the process. This all sounds nice and, certainly, very convenient, but there is a high cost for “Always low prices.” The biggest secret to Wal-Mart’s success is in the “Always low prices.” Wal-Mart’s secret
is that they place many popular items on display for a great price, but they know once the perception of the lowest price is set, you will buy other products in the store, with the mentality that everything is bargain. In reality, the vast majority of store products are actually
Then & Now
How we’ve destroyed TV By Stephen Osterday, Jr. Staff Writer Television has changed exponentially in just the past few years. Remember when we were all little kids and the shows were actually worth watching? Well not so much anymore. Since “Winnie the Pooh” made its debut in 1926, it has gone though a few major changes. The first significant change was made in 2010 when Christopher Robin was written out of the story and replaced by a 6-year-old named Darby. A new
version of “Winnie the Pooh” has made its way to your television, and the new cartoon animals look more like balloons than 3-D. Pokémon’s “gotta catch ‘em all” drives me crazy! The first few seasons were fine with the 150 Pokémon. Now 14 seasons later, there are nearly 650. So much for “gotta catch ‘em all.” The only thing that show is good for is selling trading cards, when it used to be about the kids, and not about making a profit. “Dora the Explorer” and “Go Diego Go,” are perfect examples of
half hour berating a Cubs fan, let alone judge someone’s entire character by their fanship. Now that I spend hours watching Cubs games and playing La-Z Boy coach all spring and summer, I have to wonder why fans of a “winning team” would care to belittle their rivals so much. My sister is a major Cardinals fan, and as competitive as we are, we have yet to argue over our baseball teams. Perhaps, this strife is caused by living in middle ground between Chicago and St. Louis, but that should not affect the level of sportsmanship. End the indecency. I have a dream my niece will one day live in a league where she will not be judged by the team she claims fanship, but by the content of her character.
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Opinion - 11
The voice of oppression By Mark W. Jensen News & Opinion Editor
p proval from everyone. A common
Am I too clingy? Dear girl that was talking on her cell phone in the Neal Hall bathroom, Rosie Romance’s ears are always open! I heard your cry for advice. You want to know if you come off as too clingy, mainly to your boyfriend. First of all, your obsession with knowing if you are too clingy may come from your need to have ap-
p e r s o n type is a co-dependent, and I have a feeling you fit into this category, Bathroom Talker. Being a co-dependent person means you rely on someone else to validate you. For example, you cannot just feel good in a pair of new jeans; you only feel good when someone comments you look good in them. Co-dependents also do not like being alone. These are the chicks who need someone to go to the bathroom with them, whether their
Reader response to “He said, she said” By Alyson Alde Staff Writer
Protestors in Libya
Under this type of an iron-fisted government, extreme economic disparity often occurs; making terrorist organizations, with their offerings of good pay and an education, appear very promising. While many an American may be quick to judge their actions and to label these people as extremists for even joining a group like that, the real extremists are the dictatorships that have forced their citizens into
poverty and silenced their voices. Sadly, many of these dictatorships have been aided, due to the support of the western world, for oil and trade purposes. As a new dawn is awakening for the people of this region, the seas of change have reached the shore. With the rug being pulled from under Kaddafi, others are soon to falter as well. The domino has fallen, and there is no turning back.
chosen person has to pee or not. This becomes a problem in relationships when you refuse to give your partner any alone-time. Guys need time to be just with other guys, or with their video games; whatever. Not allowing alone-time tells the other you don’t trust him, be it you really do, or not. Many people I would consider “needers,” are always trying to help other people, or that’s the way it appears. They need to do things for others to make themselves feel accomplished. However, many people - and I’d admit the majority - truly want to help. So, you have to look at the things you do for your partner. Did
you accept that movie date with the nerdy guy in your Economics class because you feel sorry for him, or because you are truly interested in him? These co-dependent tendencies are innate, and really hard to reverse, or combat. Mainly, my suggestion, Bathroom Talker, is to realize you are this way and to communicate your needs with your partner; and to continue discussing things he (or you) feels are getting too out of hand. And, maybe, not check his Facebook wall every hour. Best of Luck, and cute shoes,
society, and these jokes are taking away our respect. You also mentioned how there are bigger problems we need to focus on. Yes, it is true women dying from sexism are more catastrophic than a joke making fun of a woman, but in order to stop sexism, we all have to play our part by starting small. Sexism can’t be stopped overnight, but it can be, eventually. If you, male or female, tell a degrading joke toward the opposite sex, you are promoting sexism.
Alex W. McCune, I’m going to give you my opinion. Jokes like “go make me a sandwich” may be insignificant to you, but you aren’t a female. What you’re doing when you use these jokes is making fun of women by belittling them, which is offensive. This goes to both males and females degrading
the opposite sex, even by telling a “harmless” joke. Poking fun at someone because of their sex is not acceptable. Poking fun at someone isn’t acceptable, period. You said, “If you are a strong, independent woman, you shouldn’t care what men say.” I, myself, am a strong, independent woman, but you know as well as I do that not all women are. Women are gaining more respect in our
No one saw it coming. With the upset of the Tunisia government in January, protests have broken throughout the MiddleEastern region. Oppressive dictatorial regimes have dominated the landscape, some having been in power for over 30 years. But, even the strongest of dictators have been unable to squash the tides of discontent. Many have been surprised at the speed at which one nation after another has seen the swell of the people running into the street, demanding more freedoms as citizens. Since the fall of the Tunisian government, we have seen protests in Egypt (which successfully overthrew its leader); Yemen, Bahrain; and most famously, Libya.
The implications of these protests have already had a significant impact on the global economy and, more specifically, on the gas prices in the United States. However, of lesser news coverage is what this means for those living there, and for the future of their people. Imagine living in a nation where questioning one’s government was illegal? As we have found out, questioning the Kaddafi regime leads to airstrikes, late-night firing squads, people being rounded up and forced to stay in one place, and being censored by any means possible so the world won’t be able to hear their cries of anguish. While the Kaddafi regime is extreme in comparison to many of the other regimes, imagine living with that kind of fear, and that kind of oppression?
12 - Entertainment
The Strokes return By Libby Marshall Sports and Entertainment Editor
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After three hugely successful albums, side projects for most members of the band and a six -year creative break, The Strokes is back with its new album “Angles.” It channels rock of the 1970’s and 80’s and is a departure from its previous albums. The Strokes was formed in 1998, and is made up of Julian Casablancas, lead vocals; Nick Valensi, guitar; Albert Hammond Jr., guitar; Nikolai Fraiture, bass; and Fabrizio Moretti, drums. The band has enjoyed both critical and commercial success throughout its career. “Angles” is new territory for the band. Instead of lead singer Casablancas writing all parts of the songs, the entire band collaborated on every song. The difference is evident, and even though Casablancas’ influence can be felt, The Strokes sound different. The album is heavily 70’s and
80’s inspired, sounding at times like a tribute to the eras. “Gratisfaction” recalls Billy Joel and “Two Kinds of Happiness” sounds so much like it was made in the 80’s that you will be checking to see if this really is The Strokes not a glitch on your iPod. The song most authentic to the original Strokes sound is “Taken for a Fool,” which would fit right in on its best album, “Is This It?” Another gem in this confusion is “Under Cover of Darkness.” This first single from the album is full of the upbeat tempo and Casablancas’ wail that made The Strokes famous. The rest of the album is less great. “Machu Picchu” has too much synth and the music overpowers the lyrics to the point they are difficult to understand. “Metabolism” is all right, but reminiscent of its last album, which was not well received. Should The Strokes members have stayed apart and left their musical legacy alone? Maybe.
The Strokes’s new album, “Angles”
Their musical contemporaries The White Stripes announced its permanent split; the decision was met with respect. The Strokes chose to come back and try to recapture its past.
On the bright side, fans can catch the band live on its upcoming tour and hear the songs that made The Strokes legend. Unfortunately, none of those songs will be from “Angles.”
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“Wasted Light” Foo Fighters April 12
Portal 2 (Xbox 360) April 19
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The Greatest Movie Ever Sold - April 22
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City of Fallen Angels April 5
“Glee: The Music presents The Warblers” Dalton Academy Warblers - April 19
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Your Highness April 8
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Bossypants April 5
Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska (Wii) April 5
Entertainment - 13
“A Discovery of Witches” Magical or not? By Libby Marshall Sports and Entertainment Editor
Paul is not a fart harvester By Nikki Davidson Photo & Web Editor
Frost and Pegg wrote the script. They make an excellent duo, having co-written hits “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” in the past. Their characters experience real-life issues, such as jealousy, and others assuming they are gay because they have amazing chemistry as friends. They even speak Klignon to each other. Paul was a convincing Rogen in alien form; partly due to the fact
the filmmakers used video of Rogen voicing Paul to digitally engineer him, just as the makers of Avatar did with the natives. As is typical of movies Rogen stars in, you can expect a few scenes of government-strength, joint-passing. Frequent cursing is also included as Paul teaches a former Christian how to enhance her speech with random expletives. This movie is not recommended for the morally sensitive.
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If you want comedy, “Paul” delivers. Starring Nick Frost as Clive Gollings; Simon Pegg as Graeme Willy; and an alien named Paul, with Seth Rogen’s voice; this movie provides all the elements of a great film. It is inventive, romantic, hilarious, and ends with a shocking twist. Clive and Graeme are two urban nerds from England holiday road-tripping through the western United States. They have the time of their lives at Comic-Con, then head to Area 51, where they encounter Paul. Clive wets himself and faints, while Graeme stands shocked. “You made him faint!” Graeme shouts at Paul. “It’s not like I set my phaser to faint!” Paul countered. Graeme choked, “You have a phaser?!” Graeme asked, “You’re not going to probe us, are you?” Paul lost it, screaming, “Why does everyone always assume that? What am I doing? Am I harvesting farts? How much can I learn from an ass?!” After all misgivings about aliens
dissolved, Clive and Graeme decided to “roll the dice” and help Paul get back to his home planet. Meanwhile, the government was hot on their trail, because Paul had escaped from Area 51. Along their quest, they kidnap Ruth Buggs (Kirsten Wiig), and the slight element of romance begins as Ruth’s father pursues the group, trying to rescue his daughter.
mance will enjoy the book. As long as you focus on the rich fantasy world and strong heroine, “A Discovery of Witches” is entertaining to read.
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In Deborah Harkness’ debut novel, “A Discovery of Witches,” historian and witch Diana Bishop is pulled into the world of witches, vampires and demons she has denied her entire life. While Diana is doing research in Oxford’s library, she requests a magically bound book, missing for thousands of years. When she opens the book, a powerful spell is broken which gains the attention of many magical creatures who want the book. Diana sends it back, careful not to involve herself in anything magical. She has denied her powers since her parents, two powerful wizards, were killed. Other witches, vampires, and demons, stalk Diana and try to get her to reveal the book’s secrets. Conflicted about using her powers, or running away from it all,
she decides to stay when she meets ancient vampire Matthew Clairmont. She is not sure whether to trust him, or group him with all of the other creatures demanding she summon the book again. Whether she decides to use her powers or not, Diana will have to answer to the mysterious Council governing all magical creatures. Her simple library request turns her life from the quiet one of a scholar, into a dangerous and magical adventure. The book starts slowly, with many scenes of Diana eating breakfast, or rowing on a river. However, about a quarter of the way in, the action picks up and there are no more breakfast scenes. Diana is a strong and intelligent heroine who does not just let things happen to her. She fights, schemes, and refuses to let her life be ruled by anyone, but herself. Harkness has trouble not repeating herself when it comes to scenes.
Like the many breakfast scenes, Matthew and Diana go to yoga class, drink wine, and ride horses on several occasions. Interesting things happen in between these scenes; waiting for the next vampire attack, or threat from an angry one, can get tedious. Another issue is the constant historical and scientific references not well explained. Sometimes, it feels like if you do not possess advanced degrees, you are missing a large part of the story. Matthew Clairmont is a scientist and he often talks about his work. For a vampire, he is rather boring and tame. Fans of both fantasy and ro-
14 - Sports
All they do is turn left, right? By Nikki Davidson Photo & Web Editor
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Forty-three cars on a track speed over 100 miles, turn left and continue racing in a counterclockwise fashion for hours. This is the minimalist attitude held by most people who dislike NASCAR. Fans, on the other hand, will defend the sport by highlighting the intense strategy required to win, while admitting wrecks are pretty cool to watch. That is, unless a legend dies. NASCAR is a legitimate sport in that it takes great endurance by drivers to withstand G-forces and temperatures, sometimes over 100 degrees, for hours at a time during a race. Imagine being at Six Flags on a hot July day wearing a sweatshirt, and riding the Ninja for a couple of hours. Team work is a must, and each race car requires several teams. On
the track, a pit crew changes tires, refuels and cleans the grill of a car in a matter of seconds. Each driver has a spotter who radios information about the location of other cars on the track and offers advice on drafting. Before the race, a crew of engineers and mechanics ensure the race car is fast, safe, aerodynamic, and fulfills all of NASCAR’s strict requirements. Agents secure sponsors to pay for the high-dollar cars, maintenance and employees required to keep a team. Drivers and crew chiefs must strategize pit stops so maintenance may be taken care of without losing their position in the line-up. Analysts decide proper tire pressure to handle the temperature and surface of the track, as well as the best amount of fuel to carry. They don’t always “top off” the tank, because fuel is added weight that will slow down the car.
One of many parodies of NASCAR
Another important strategy, implemented in NASCAR, is drafting. This requires cooperation among rivals as well as teammates. Drafting aids in fuel economy while boosting speeds. However, drafting can go awry; several cars may be damaged if not done properly. Sometimes, luck makes all the difference in a race, and all of the hard work gets thrown to the side. Debris on the track could cause a
tire blowout and result in a wreck that takes several cars off the track for the remainder of the race. A driver, leading because the better drivers took a pit stop, could win the race under the caution flag. An entire book could be written about the teamwork, strategy, and strength required for success in NASCAR. Realize that an overwhelming amount of hard work and skill determines the elite.
Softball team adds new assistant coach to roster By Lindsey Probst Managing Editor
During her short career as an assistant coach, she has noticed several similarities between leading a team and leading a classroom. “I’ve noticed that different players react
Quidditch: not just for wizards anymore By Libby Marshall Sports and Entertainment Editor In the world of Harry Potter, Quidditch is the favorite sport of witches
and wizards. Now, here in the Muggle (non-magical) world, normal humans can also play Quidditch. The wizard version of Quidditch has players flying on brooms, while
to different coaching styles.” In addition to helping perfect the power-hitting the Lady Lakers are already known for, Nelson hopes to instill some slaphitting and short-game tips to the team. “I hope to help them strive for perfection, and not settle for mediocrity.” Nelson is impressed by the focus the program has on education, and hopes the team earns Academic AllAmerican status again. She predicted the season performance of the team to be very positive, saying, “There is so much talent, it’s ridiculous.” The number of available players is changing due to injuries, but Nelson said there is plenty of depth and girls who know the game and are aggressive. “There is no reason why we should not take the Conference at this rate,” predicts Nelson. Photo by Lake Land College CCS
Members of the Lady Laker softball team welcomed a new member to their dugout. Megan Nelson joined Kathleen Jacoby as an assistant coach. Nelson was hired on in January, fairly fresh off her graduation from Eastern Illinois University. She majored in secondary science education with a concentration in biology. Megan Nelson is the daughter of head softball coach Nic Nelson; both are from Normal. M. Nelson cannot remember exactly when she first started playing softball, but it was probably around the age of 10. From there, her softball career started to progress. Nelson played colligate ball for Eastern all four years. She was mostly a middle fielder, playing shortstop and second base, but also excelled in base running.
During her fifth year as a Panther, Nelson started her student teaching through the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST) program. Having traveled a lot with her team, she went to South Africa to learn an entirely different school system. “I knew it would be a challenge with it being a different setting and different culture,” said Nelson. “I definitely got what I bargained for.” South Africa does not have a large softball following, but Nelson said she went to a few cricket games while there. Nelson is relatively new to coaching, but has helped with a few high school camps and given individual hitting lessons. “I am very fortunate to have come into a very well-respected and established team,” said Nelson.
playing with balls that can fly as well. The positions are chaser, seeker, keeper and beater. The positions and balls are the same in the Muggle version.
The three chasers will throw a Frisbee, “the Quaffle,” into one of the three hoops at the ends of the field. The hoops are guarded by the keeper, who stands in front of them and tries to knock away the Frisbee. (Continued on page 15)
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Quidditch (continued from page 14) The two beaters throw balls, called Bludgers, at other players to knock them out of play. Beaters will sometimes use tennis rackets to hit the balls at other players. The last position is the seeker, whose job is to catch the player, called the snitch. Instead of a tiny, flying, golden ball, like the one used in the Harry Potter books; in Muggle Quidditch, the snitch is a person wearing a Velcro belt. Players ride on brooms, though they cannot fly. Players must straddle their brooms as they run around the field. The one player, who does not ride on a broom, is the snitch. To add to the spectacle, players will wear capes and uniforms to make their game as authentic as possible. Each position wears a different color of headband for easy identification on the field. Muggle Quidditch began in 2005
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at Middlebury College in Vermont, and by 2007, Quidditch had become intercollegiate. Today, over 400 colleges and 300 high schools have teams. Most teams are in the United States; 45 states are represented. Every year, the Quidditch World Cup is held in Dewitt Clinton Park in Manhattan. Over 10,000 spectators and 40 teams participated in 2010â€™s Cup. It was covered by over 40 news outlets and raised awareness about the sport. Quidditch may seem like a sport for nerds with too much free time, but it is gaining popularity and respect as a real sport. Players must run, hit, throw and jump; moves present in most other sports. Even though Muggles will never be able to fly on brooms or use magic flying balls, we can still play Harry Potterâ€™s favorite sport.
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Carleton Universityâ€™s quidditch team
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